Cavaliers remain undefeated

January 20, 2015 19:10:17 UK

The Virginia Cavaliers continue to lead the ACC by a half game over Notre Dame following their win against Boston College at the weekend.

Second ranked in the nation behind Kentucky, the Cavaliers face an imposing trio of games starting with Duke at the end of the month followed by North Carolina and Louisville.

As such Thursday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Charlottesville followed by a Sunday visit to the Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech shape up as classic trap games.

This is particularly so against a Hokies’ side who have lost all five of their ACC games, but have an excellent coach in Buzz Williams and do not lack for effort.

That, a local rivalry and Duke to follow must be giving Virginia head coach Tony Bennett some sleepless nights and how the Cavaliers respond in that game is, in many ways, more important than Virginia’s games against the Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Cardinals.

Quietly sitting in third place in the latest Associated Press Top 25 are the Bulldogs of Gonzaga. While Wisconsin, Duke and Villanova have been stunned all around them, Gonzaga has strung together an 11-game winning streak and is an overtime defeat to Arizona, in Tucson, away from joining the Cavaliers and Wildcats as undefeated sides.

The Bulldogs got a little complacent against Pepperdine last week, but have generally been dominating their West Coast Conference opponents. The Gaels of St. Mary’s visit on Thursday in the first of four consecutive home games for the Zags who conclude the series with a non-conference match up with Memphis.

The Cavaliers are 9.00 to win the NCAAB title.

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